2 Kings Chapter 16

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2 Kings 16

1 In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign.

Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the Lord his God, like David his father.

But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.

And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him.

At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drave the Jews from Elath: and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there unto this day.

So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, saying, I am thy servant and thy son: come up, and save me out of the hand of the king of Syria, and out of the hand of the king of Israel, which rise up against me.

And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the Lord, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.

And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him: for the king of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the people of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin.

10 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof.

11 And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that king Ahaz had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the priest made it against king Ahaz came from Damascus.

12 And when the king was come from Damascus, the king saw the altar: and the king approached to the altar, and offered thereon.

13 And he burnt his burnt offering and his meat offering, and poured his drink offering, and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings, upon the altar.

14 And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the Lord, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the house of the Lord, and put it on the north side of the altar.

15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon the great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening meat offering, and the king’s burnt sacrifice, and his meat offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen altar shall be for me to enquire by.

16 Thus did Urijah the priest, according to all that king Ahaz commanded.

17 And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and removed the laver from off them; and took down the sea from off the brasen oxen that were under it, and put it upon the pavement of stones.

18 And the covert for the sabbath that they had built in the house, and the king’s entry without, turned he from the house of the Lord for the king of Assyria.

19 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

20 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.

28 thoughts on “2 Kings Chapter 16

  1. Bad Sacrifice

    God’s people have long been demonstrating their willingness to participate in the pagan worship of their neighbors. Human sacrifice was one such rite. At the time of Ahaz’s rule, the pagans believed that the sacrifice of one’s first born son- obviously far more than a simple animal sacrifice- would buy the favor of pagan gods. Ahaz’s desire for success, particularly during a time of political turmoil, is greater than any of his feelings of warnth he might feel towards his own child!

    While human sacrifice would probably never occur to us, we, too, can be guilty of putting personal desires and goals above the well-being of our kids. The grace of Jesus Christ and the leading of God’s spirit can guide us and reveal to us any wrong priorites. If these are present, we can repent and trust God for his guidance in restoring us and our priorities in their proper order. God does enjoy our sacrifies we make for his will, in strives we make to be obedient, even our sacrificial giving/offering. When we give ourselves and our children to him, we are reaching out to Him, and in return he restores us, and holds us closer. Give Good sacrifices not Bad, the Word will guide you as to what constitutes both. We are in the same boat as God’s people then, the surrounding nations might be pressing on us, influencing evil, Come out: 2 Cor 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you (& Rev 18:4)

    For instance, consider Deut 18:9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 13Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. 14For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.

  2. Where are we leading our children?

    3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.

    4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

    It is all about accountability. As a teacher I saw how parents went from “respect your teacher do what they say” to “not my kids, you just don’t understand him, what are our taxes for…etc.” A lot of parents today let their children get away with too many things, some children are the ones that actually run the house how ever they want. The bad thing is that parents don’t see it or they are trying to be too psychological in their leading of the home. A home can only be led correctly by the HOLY GHOST and by the WORD OF GOD. If we don’t do what God wants us to do our children won’t either. All responsibility fall on us, we are the ones that will stand in judgement and answer why we did things the way we did them. In the words of my Bro. Kermit Northcutt “NO EXCUSES”. Do right, speak right, lead right for little eyes are watching and little feet are following.

  3. Ahaz, king who ruled over Judah did not do what was pleasing in the sight of the Lord his God; but, instead, he followed the example of the kings of Israel, even sacrificing his own son in the fire. We may think “how aweful” or “how could he do that”; but, what are we doing to save our children? Proverbs 22:6 CEV reads….”Teach your children right from wrong, and when they are grown they will still do right.” Ahaz followed the example he had been left. So, what we do/teach our children now can/will influence what they do, what they teach, the example they will follow and leave. Lord help me to be a good example for my children and be pleasing in your sight.

  4. 3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.

    In today time children are telling the parents what to do. It is time for the parents to stand and be parents and children be children. It is our place to lead our children down the right road and teach them right from wrong. I know when I was growing up my dad was a pentecostal preacher and he did as the scripture said spare the rod spoil the child.

    I want to be an example to my children and to who is following me.

  5. ILove to eat breakfast with Jesus

    The god of Abortion

    3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.

    (article from internet)
    Molech is the same god as the person called Ba’al, which Ahab and Jezebel worshipped. The name means “to pass the children through fire,” because people used to sacrifice their live infants into the burning statue of the god Molech, just as the feminists are doing in modern days to Molech through abortion; sacrificing hundreds of millions of babies to the god of personal convenience and personal family economics. It is an abomination in the eyes of the Living God. God says in Leviticus 18:21, “You shall not give any of your children to devote them by fire to Moloch, and so profane the name of your God.”

    It was a common practice in the Middle East and North Africa. The child was thrown into the outstretched hands of the burning brass statue of Molech, and the priests beat the drum to drown out the cry of the child from the mother’s ears, much like the ultrasound display of the fetus cringing away from the abortion tools that rip off its legs and arms slowly, is hid from the mother. The Romans and Greeks record the barbaric Carthaginian practice of burning of children as an offering to their chief god Cronus or Saturn—that is Ba’al.

    • Michael Farmer president of LIFE Inc. a pro-life organization in the area said, “LIFE Inc. was stunned upon learning that the city has for several years been burning the bodies of babies along with dead cats, dogs and other animals.”

  6. 8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the Lord, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.

    He sacrificed the things of the temple so that he could get rid of his problems. How many people today still do the same thing.

  7. AT THE ALTAR EXCHANGE

    14 And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the Lord, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the house of the Lord, and put it on the north side of the altar.
    15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon the great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening meat offering, and the king’s burnt sacrifice, and his meat offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen altar shall be for me to enquire by.

    The wickedness has now moved into the house of the LORD. Idolatry is taken to a new level. The wickedness and deception of Ahaz has now corrupted the worship of GOD. The CEV brings a clearer perspective to what Ahaz has done.

    14 As for the bronze altar that used to stand before the Lord, Ahaz moved it away from the front of the temple where it had stood between the main altar and the Lord’s temple. He put it on the north side of the new altar. 15 Then King Ahaz ordered the priest Uriah,

    Ahaz went to Damascus and saw this new style altar and thought it would be more “RELEVANT” so he went home and told the Priest what to do…

    This new style worship is very prevelant in our generation as well. Not only did he build a new altar he defamed and desecrated the ORIGINAL.

    CEV
    17 King Ahaz cut off the side panels from the stands and removed the basins from them. He took the Sea down from the bronze bulls that were under it and put it on a stone pavement. 18 He also took away the sabbath canopy that had been built in the temple. He removed the royal entrance outside the Lord’s temple.

    Matthew Henry comments:
    The removal of God’s altar, to make room for it. Urijah was so modest that he put this altar at the lower end of the court, and left God’s altar in its place, between this and the house of the Lord, v. 14. But that would not satisfy Ahaz; he removed God’s altar to an obscure corner in the north side of the court, and put his own before the sanctuary, in the place of it. He thinks his new altar is much more stately, and much more sightly, and disgraces that; and therefore “let that be laid aside as a vessel in which there is no pleasure.’’

    Society desires pleasure and not sacrifice!

    Give ME that OLD TIME ALTAR!

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  8. The church’s next generation is in our hands. As Bro. Treyhand said last night ‘what our generation chooses tonight will determine this. churchs future’. We can’t grow tired of doing things in Gods kingdom. We are the next generation.

  9. This chapter illustrates delusion. Ahaz did not do what was right in the sight of the Lord; as such he did things, which the Lord detests. We must be aware the deceiver is working diligently to spread delusion, for his time is short. We must be vigilant in our; prayer, reading of the Word and assembling of ourselves together to praise and worship the one true God (Jesus), else wise we may unknowingly do what the Lord detests. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  10. 15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon the great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening meat offering, and the king’s burnt sacrifice, and his meat offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen altar shall be for me to enquire by.

    King Ahaz has now changed the use the brasen altar that was for the burnt offerings for sin (which is is like our dying out to sin in repentance) to a devise for himself to enquire by. He certainly wasn’t going to be enquiring of God. He changed the burnt offering for sin to a burnt offering of his own design & purpose. That spirit that says I don’t need to repent for anything I have done is still a plague in churches today. Many people don’t know what repentance is nor have they truly repented! A ‘sinner’s prayer’ now replaces the true altar of repentance.

    16 Thus did Urijah the priest, according to all that king Ahaz commanded.

    17 And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and removed the laver from off them; and took down the sea from off the brasen oxen that were under it, and put it upon the pavement of stones.

    We have Christians today worshipping God their way, living for God their way and being deceived- without getting into the Word of God and reading His Word for themselves to search out their salvation. iPray for the region of Fort Worth to repent according to Acts 3:19 & II Cor 7:10; to be baptized according to Acts 2:38 and to receive the Holy Ghost according to Acts 1:8 and Acts 2:4!

  11. Ways Of Our Fathers

    3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.

    7 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, saying, I am thy servant and thy son: come up, and save me out of the hand of the king of Syria, and out of the hand of the king of Israel, which rise up against me.

    The role of the parent has the potential for tremendous influence, positively or negatively. We see here a fathership that destroys its own fruit. Ahaz killed his own son, and then later “killed himself” as a “son” of the kings of Israel, though he was king of Judah, by submitting to the king of Assyria as not simply a servant but as a son.

    This can apply to natural and spiritual influence that we get in the lives of those we lead. Our own personal struggles must be dealt with or our “children” will pay the price; the influence of those struggles will not be contained just to our lives but will bleed over to be replicated like DNA in those we are pouring into. Perhaps we will be strong enough to overcome when the struggle comes or at least manage to survive, but it could very well kill those we are leading. Two words come to mind: accountability and responsibility; being the leader God calls us to be is inseparable from sacrifice and self-denial.

    And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Luke 14:27-35 KJV)

  12. And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon the great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening meat offering, and the king’s burnt sacrifice, and his meat offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen altar shall be for me to enquire by.

    Ahaz commanded the “new altar” be used for the sacrifices, but the brasen altar from the tabernacle was for his exclusive use. He knew the power that was behind the brasen altar and knew if he needed to enquire of the Lord that is where he would find his answer, but he wanted the remainder of the people to come to the “fake” altar that he had fashioned from one he saw in Damacus. It was a look-a-like alter. It may look good, but there was nothing that represented power or anointing there.

    Ahaz knew where thee results would come from, while the others were just going through the motions. There are many today just going through the motions because the have replaced the anointed, powerful altar which they offer themselves upon as a living sacrifice, with a fake altar. Looks like they are sacrificing, but in actuality they are not.

  13. NLT Instead, he followed the example of the kings of Israel, even sacrificing his own son in the fire.[a] In this way, he followed the detestable practices of the pagan nations the Lord had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites.

    During times of desperation, people will do anything to receive. Children are the ones to suffer for their parents actions. The ultimate sacrifice of a child’s death still occurs today. You hear about children being sold, left on a corner street, or are being killed by their own parents.

    God I pray, your always in my life & my family’s life, and guide us in your ways.

  14. Because king Ahaz did not do right in the sight of the Lord or follow the ways of David his father, but followed the ways of the kings of Isreal, in the time of trouble, he had to rely on man (king Tiglathpileser) to deliver him.

    Ps. 146:3, “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.”

    I’m glad I know who JESUS is. He is my Deliverer!!

    Ps. 91:14-15, “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.”

  15. Although not the same story or passage used last night at Intense’s Cafe Night, I too was reminded of what Bro. Jimmy Trehan spoke about. That the youth is the next generation and we can either “make or brake” the future of the church. I pray that God will touch not only our Intense Student Ministry but all apostolic youth to continue in God’s will and never grow tired, but continue and teach the Gospel.

  16. Don’t alter the altar.

    Ahaz had more confidence in the pagan king and his ways than in the one true God. As a result he allowed for a perversion of the altar.

    Today we see this in the modern secular church world. A convicting message is preached, and the hearer responds in emotion, and fear. They make the move to the altar only to find that the legs have been removed, and the sacrifice is convenient.

    The short prayer of confession, and accepting the Lord as their personal savior causes them to ease their conscience and walk away unchanged.

    Repentance is death. The Old Testament is the type and shadow of what our altar experience should be like. It was bloody, gorey, and unconventional. The altar was brutal, and meant to remind mankind of his deserving fate in the flames of hell.

    Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep us from this terrible fate.

    Paul said “I die daily” and “Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, and accceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

    Death is painful. When we truly repent, we should experience pain.

  17. v3 But he walked inthe way of the king’s of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abomination of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel.

    The Church is pregnant with HOPE. We must not lose the spirit of thanksgiving.The children of Israel needed to have been thankful and not follow the abominations of those heathens.
    The mother ( the church ) must be not be weak, anemic, prayerless,unconcerned and
    failing to admit her condition .We cannot sacrifice our children ( the must protect our children) and be spiritually strong to spiritually give birth to healthly babies.
    Thank you JESUS!
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  18. 10 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof.
    11 And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that king Ahaz had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the priest made it against king Ahaz came from Damascus.
    12 And when the king was come from Damascus, the king saw the altar: and the king approached to the altar, and offered thereon.
    13 And he burnt his burnt offering and his meat offering, and poured his drink offering, and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings, upon the altar.
    14 And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the Lord, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the house of the Lord, and put it on the north side of the altar.

    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. -Romans 12:2

    Sacrificing at the altar of the enemy only leads to destruction.  There is no replacement for the true altar of repentance. 

  19. Ok, I guess I was wrong about the whole book of the kings of Isreal and Judah because Ahaz sure did not do well in the sight of God but he was in the Chronicle of the Kings of Judah.

    Ahaz had a lot of nerve. He sacrificed to Other gods everywhere, stole from God, didn’t follow God’s order or commands about the alters. Then he to the preist what to do, he didn’t ask or really even care what God wanted. –nicole

  20. This guy messed the church up. He tried to rearrange what God set in order back with Moses. I really don’t understand most of these kings in how the come to the decisions that they make about not doom what God has ordered. It doesn’t make any sense! Keeping the order of God in our church lets God feel right at home when he comes in the door. When you come home and want to hang out in your living room but come in to find the house keeper has sawn the legs off your end tables it might make you a little mad?????? I want my God to come into his house and stay along time because his house keeper has done a food job of keeping his stuff the way he wants it.

  21. Sin will make you crazy.

    3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.
    4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

    As we see here idol worship made the people do some crazy things. This is what sin does in our lives today. We think ,” I’ll just do that sin once and then not do it again.” But we say that every time that we do that sin. Sin will lead you to things that you thought were impossible for you to do. This is why we must be extreamly careful in what we allow in our lives, because we don’t know what the effect of it will be for us and our families.

  22. Vs 2-3 This king was doing right, but he did what other kings had done and caused his son to to pass thruough the fire. In our lives we may be doing right, but if we allow our children to do what society is doing are we not doing the same.

  23. King Ahaz burned his son as as sacrifice to the Lord. I can’t imagine God would ask him to do that. All he had to do is have a relationship with God and ask him if the sacrifices he was making were pleasing to him.

    Lord help me see the reallity of things and do what is pleasing to you.

  24. 10 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof.
    11 And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that king Ahaz had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the priest made it against king Ahaz came from Damascus.

    Many times the enemy will attempt to copy the works of God as a cheap attempt to lead other astray. The word tells us that the enemy will even pose as an angle of light.
    Many times I wonder when someone tells me they saw an angle and were told something that I cannot back up with the word of God.

  25. 3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.

    4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

    This is a example of sick idolatry to be so consumed with Idol worship that you would sacrifice your own son is ludacris! Thankfull God allows us a oppertunity to sacrifice in a diffrent way its not in the fire of Idolatry its by giving ourselves to the work of the Lord in the church.

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